Two decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have left 5 million people dead and over 2.5 million displaced. In the volatile eastern region, ongoing violence has hampered efforts to build stability, as has the constant movement of people. It is in this context that Peace Direct partner Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) has sought to support stabilisation and build lasting peace.
This paper highlights the main successes, challenges and lessons learnt from a CRC project delivered in collaboration with Peace Direct from 2011-2014, with funding from the John Ellerman and Barings Foundations. The project aimed to provide economic and social support to ex-combatants, returnees and women affected by conflict, as part of a holistic approach to DDR that sees sustainable reintegration as the key to lasting success.
Two fearless female activists, Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan and Gauri Lankesh from India, have won a prestigious award for defiending human rights. Read more »
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This International Day of Peace, we draw inspiration from Gulalai Ismail, who is building lasting peace against all odds.
Today, 2 billion people live in areas of conflict and violence. But this International Day of Peace, we take courage from someone who, against all odds, is building peace. Together we can stop wars, one person at a time. Read more »